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Thousands sign petition to remove Iain Duncan Smith’s knighthood

by Ace Damon
Thousands sign petition to remove Iain Duncan Smith's knighthood

Tens of thousands of people signed an online petition demanding that Iain Duncan Smith be removed from his knighting position less than 24 hours after the announcement.

The former conservative leader and architect of the widely criticized universal credit system was included in the 2020 New Year's Honor List.

During his time as secretary of work and pensions, Duncan Smith was the central figure, leading to significant cuts in benefit and disability benefits. In 2016, he left office after six years in the role of protesting further benefit cuts, calling them "indefensible."

In the petition, entitled "Iain Duncan-Smith (sic) Should Not Receive a Knight's Title", which received over 65,000 signatures at the time this article was written, the parliamentarian is labeled "responsible for some of the cruelest social reforms." most extreme that country has ever seen ".

It was created by Dr. Mona Kamal Ahmed, an NHS psychiatrist who says she has frequently seen people with chronic mental illness experiencing panic attacks due to anxiety caused by applicants' assessments and potentially missing out on welfare payments.

Ahmed, who is portrayed posing with Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn on her social media, wrote about the "insensitive and humiliating" ratings of working ability on the petition website, saying that "people with chronic disabilities are required to continually prove themselves worthy." of your rights ". welfare payments or otherwise be deprived of their rights ".

"They are directly linked to relapses of depression and anxiety and even excess deaths from suicide," she said.

"As an NHS psychiatrist, I participated in A&E departments with people diagnosed with chronic mental illness who were driven to panic attacks, acute relapses of their depressive illness, and suicidal ideation as a result of anxiety caused by these tests and with the prospect of losing their lives." welfare payments on which they depend.

"This has only intensified with the chaos and uncertainty of Universal Credit, a system known to cause hardship to millions and for which Iain Duncan-Smith is once again entirely to blame."

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In April, an analysis by the Institute of Tax Studies (IFS) found that nearly 2 million people would lose more than £ 1,000 a year under new Universal Credit reforms.

At the time, a DWP spokesman told The Independent that the report "erroneously assumes that everyone was claiming all their rights to the old benefit in the old system, which was not because the system was overly complex."

The spokesman added, "With the recent changes in labor benefits, 2.4 million households will have up to £ 630 a year better off and people will have access to about £ 2.4 billion of previously unclaimed benefits." .

Duncan Smith has been a deputy since 1992 and was a conservative leader from 2001 to 2003.

A Labor spokesman said it was "unfortunate to see that one of Boris Johnson's first priorities" was to grant a knighthood to Sir Iain – the "chief architect of the cruel Universal Credit system, which has driven thousands of people into poverty." .

Meanwhile, the Cabinet apologized after the addresses of more than 1,000 New Year Award recipients were accidentally posted online.

Sir Elton John, Ben Stokes, Duncan Smith and former public prosecutor Alison Saunders are believed to be among those affected.

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